Sigourney Weaver Says ‘Avatar’ Sequels Have Further Delayed ‘Alien 5’ Production Start

Jul 13, 2016


Sigourney Weaver is talking in a little more detail about the current status and the intentions of Neill Blomkamp‘s Alien 5 in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly ahead of the Aliens panel at Comic-Con next Saturday.

She gives the impression that this would indeed be her final time playing the character, and somewhat confirmed previous talk that a newly cast/returning Newt could become the franchise lead for future films, if the studios wants them.

“It’s a great story and it’s satisfying to me to give this woman an ending,” Weaver says, which makes it sound like this would be her final go-round as the character. That means resolution — not that Ripley will necessarily die.

Weaver also doubling-down on that they were asked by Fox and Ridley to hold-off on making the film, suggesting they’d already be completed the shoot. This harkens back to our report that the film had been expected to shoot at North Shore Studios last fall, and this sound-bite sort of confirms it.

“Well, we have a great script. Fox asked us to delay so Ridley Scott could shoot his [second] Prometheus movie. That was too bad because we would have already done it by now,” she says.

There is now more of confirmation that it’ll be further delayed due to the Weaver’s return for the Avatar sequels along with Blomkamp’s development of the sci-fi novel The Gone World, also at 20th Century Fox.

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“Now that we’re waiting for that, I have a couple of Avatars to do and Neill has The Gone World,” Weaver says. “So we’ll have to see what happens when we get back, when those projects are over.”

“But you never know in this crazy business. In any case, [the Alienssequel] there and waiting for us. He and I both have these other commitments that are finally upon us, and so we’ve got to switch gears and concentrate on that. But it will be worth the wait when we finally get to it.”

Sigourney gives the impression once their commitments are up, they’ll try to quickly get it up and running again. Stating she hopes it’s only delayed a “couple” of years, which sounds to us like once Blomkamp is finished with The Gone World and she’s completed work on her two Avatar sequels they can get back to it.

“I hope it won’t be a few. I hope it’ll be a couple. But we’ll see. Yeah.”

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There’s also more talk that script is seemingly done (or version is), and that it will indeed by a direct sequel to James Cameron’s Aliens.

“The script itself has so much in it that’s so original, but also really satisfies the, I would say, the primal needs of the aliens,” Weaver says. “It’s a tribute to all of the great work that the other directors have done, in a way, but goes in a completely new direction. I hope we’ll do it.”

“It’s just more, I would say, following Jim Cameron’s story about these characters, rather than just ending up in this sort of monastery in space, which was [Alien3 screenwriter] Vincent Ward’s idea and Fox elected to go in that direction. I think Fincher was fine with that. Each director kind of wanted to create a whole new set of circumstances. In this case, it picks up, it follows directly the circumstances of Jim Cameron’s Aliens.”

It’s still extremely possibly they could announce Alien 5 at Comic-Con next weekend, it just likely won’t be able to start-up production for a couple of years. At the very least they could announce the intention and possibly a release date, even if it’s not getting a release until 2019 or 2020.


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